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Five battle for Mackintosh building restoration

GSA Mackintosh Building

Five companies have been shortlisted to carry out restoration works on the fire damaged Glasgow School of Art.

Fire broke out in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed historic building in May 2014, damaging a large part of the west wing and totally destroying the roof.

A charitable fund was set up to finance the restoration works and has now named its shortlist of five firms to lead the project. Shortlisted firms are: Balfour Beatty, Bam Construction, John Graham, Kier and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Mackintosh Restoration senior project manager Liz Davidson said the winning bidder would need to add experienced restoration specialists to its team.

“Clearly we need a contractor who is able to deliver the full range of technical requirements for the retrofit and has a proven track record in bringing major restoration projects in on time and on budget,” she said

“However, over and above this we are looking for the inclusion of experienced specialists who are capable of undertaking the expert restoration of this Category A Listed building.

”We are looking for our main contractor to have the appropriate expertise in their team to deliver to the highest standard in terms of the specialist skills.”

The School of Art has also released photo realistic point cloud images of the building which were created by experts in 3D visualisation at its own digital design studio. They were created by intensive laser scanning of the building and willl form the basis of a BIM model to be used during the restoration project.

The winning contractor is expected to be appointed in June with work starting on site shortly after the close of this year’s Degree Show.


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